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New Director of Special Projects

Alan Yost joined the Office of Institutional Advancement in December as special projects gift officer. He brings to CUA more than seven years of advancement experience after serving as principal and director of advancement at Charlottesville Catholic School. In addition, he has been engaged in various community fundraising efforts that include his local library, senior center, and educational foundation.

Alan earned his M.Ed. in educational leadership from the University of Virginia and his B.S. in business education from Radford University. Alan remains actively engaged in various ministries in the Diocese of Richmond, including his roles as coordinator of worksites for the youth summer work camp, volunteer for the Diocesan Youth Conference, and coordinator for Valley Cursillo weekend retreats.

Fundraising Goals

We are happy to announce that we are halfway to our goal for fiscal year 2013! (The CUA fiscal year ends April 30, 2013.) We reached out to alumni, parents, friends, faculty, and staff, and their generosity and participation have been tremendous. Since returning from the Christmas break, advancement services processed more than 1,200 gifts and pledges.

We look forward to finishing the year strongly as we continue our efforts with direct mail, phone-a-thon, and volunteer leadership groups. A gift of any size will help us reach our goals of raising more than $2 million dollars and achieving a 10 percent alumni participation rate. We encourage everyone to make a gift on our secure online website at

  Students attend the kickoff of the Senior Appreciation Program.

Senior Appreciation Program

This year's Senior Appreciation Program kicked off on Nov. 27, featuring the CUA Dance Team and Alumni Association president Tom Zoeller (B.A. 1984). More than 200 students attended the kickoff organized by the program's leadership committee. Committee members explained to their fellow classmates the importance of giving back and participating in the program. Any gift made by a member of the senior class to any area of the University counts toward the program’s goal of attaining 50 percent participation from the class of 2013. Gifts can be made in honor of someone who has helped to contribute to a student's experience at CUA.

As we look forward in the spring semester, be on the lookout for more activities in support of this important program. One important milestone for the senior class is Feb. 8, which marks 100 days until graduation!

To learn more about this program or to make a gift online, visit

Susannah Gosney Reynolds, Steve Connaghan, and Marion McDuffie Gosney  

Gifts in Action

We invite you to hear from family members Marion McDuffie Gosney, Susannah Gosney Reynolds, and Steve Connaghan as they share memories and talk about the present and future as unique members of The Catholic University of America community. To view go to